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Banock and a Movie 2005

The Centre for World Indigenous Knowledge and Research invites you to participate in our 2005 Bannock and a Movie film series. Our theme for 2005 is "Crossing Borders and Border Crossings."

Indigenous people are challenging not only geographical borders but also societal, philosophical, political and economical boundaries. With a forward thinking philosophy, actions are taken to challenge governments, industry and societies in the areas of preservations of culture, environment, traditional lands and the safety of future generations.

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As Long As the Rivers Flow: Time Immemorial
Running time: 59 mins., National Film Board

For over a century, the Nisga'a people of north-western B.C. fought for title over their traditional lands in the Nass River Valley. The Nisga'a people's determined and persistent lobbying propelled the issue of Indigenous land claims all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Using archival material and interviews, the film illustrates the story of the Nisga'a claim over four generations, and is a powerful reminder that native land claims are not a recent phenomenon but rather they have finally gained the voice with which they may be heard.

Dec. 2, 2005

Nov, 18, 2005

Black Indians: An American Story
Running time: 60 mins., Rich-Heape Films Inc.

The cultural and racial fusion of Indigenous and African American people is a part of America's past that is mostly forgotten. This film explores what brought the two groups together, what drove them apart, and the challenges that they face today.

Family memories and historical highlights are shared to reveal the continuing influence this unique cultural heritage has to offer.

Nov. 4, 2005

Oct. 21, 2005

Eye of the Storm
Running time: 44 mins., National Film Board

The discovery of one of the world's largest deposits of nickel and copper in Voisey's Bay, Labrador is poised to have a huge impact on the remote Inuit community of Nain, which is located less than 50 km's away. The prospect of a booming mining industry promises new job opportunities, but the Inuit are faced with the challenge of addressing issues like environmental damage, Indigenous land claims and a large influx of workers to the area.

"Eye of the Storm" depicts the different views of the residents of Nain and gives insight into the issues.

Sept. 2, 2005

Aug. 19, 2005

Running time: 54 mins., BIG NOISE Films

January 1, 1994: The day the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) comes into effect. A few minutes after midnight in Southeastern Mexico, several thousand Indian soldiers take over half the state of Chiapas, declaring a war against global corporate power and for humanity. They call themselves the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN).

Zapatista is a definitive look at the uprising in Chiapas. It is the story of a Mayan peasant uprising armed with sticks and their word against a first world military. It is the story of a global movement that has fought 175,000 federal troops to a standstill and transformed Mexican and international political culture forever.


July 22, 2005

Honour of the Crown
Running time: 46 mins., National Film Board

In 1899 the Canadian government entered into a treaty with the Thebatthi (Chipewyan) people of Smith's Landing First Nation.

"Honour of the Crown" follows the First Nation's senior negotiator, Francois Paulette who was involved for over 25 years in the struggle to reclaim nine tracts of land and compensation for one-hundred-year-old treaty obligation of the Crown.

The audience is given a good look at just how far the Canadian government has yet to go in terms of the numbers of land claims with First Nations in Canada waiting to be settled.


May 20, 2005

Forgotten Warriors
Running time: 51 mins., National Film Board

This film shares poignant memories of Canadian Indigenous veterans of World War II and reveals how they were adversely affected by the Canadian Soldier Veteran's Settlement Act, which was intended to reward veterans for their service.

Although they could not be conscripted, First Nations people voluntarily enlisted in Canada's armed forces in proportionately higher numbers than many other communities. After the war, these veterans were not offered and in many cases even told about the land entitlement. Some returned home to find the government had already seized parts of their own reserve land to compensate non-Indigenous war veterans.


Apr. 15, 2005

Poisoning Paradise: A Native View of the Swan Hills Waste Treatment Centre
Running time: 42 mins., Dragonfly Productions

Swan Hills is a traditional hunting and gathering territory of the Indigenous peoples of Treaty 8. Swan Hills is also the location of Canada's largest privatized hazardous waste incinerator which handles all of the "worst of the worst" of Canada's toxic waste.

Told from the Indigenous community's point of view, this film narrates the struggle for both recognition of aboriginal title to traditional hunting territory and environmental justice and responsibility.


Apr. 15, 2005

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